Higgs and Englert Win Nobel Prize in Physics

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

The Nobel Prize Committee is announcing this year's winners all this week. Yesterday they announced the winners of the Nobel Prize in medicine and this morning the much anticipated physics prize was awarded.

People have been speculating for weeks about whether the prize would go to someone connected with last year's identification of the Higgs boson particle or some other research.

The Higgs boson particle is said to be what caused the "Big Bang" and is often dubbed the "God particle."

Now the wait is over.

The 2013 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded jointly to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs "for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider," a statement at NobelPrize.org says.

Joining us to discuss what the award means and why the Higgs boson is so important to the field of quantum physics is Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University.

Check out this video from Professor Greene below which explains the science behind the Higgs boson particle.

 

Guests:

Brian Greene

Produced by:

Katie Hiler

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [2]

CAROLINE from NJ USA

This proven theory is quite amazing in a way that I can't comprehend. The explanation is totally, interesting, and I get the analogy, but it's sooooo far out there ! ! ! In my opinion, it's to bad that in order to "dumb down" the science for us common folk, scientists or whoever, decided to name it the, "God Partial." "God" sticks in the mind you know, and I wonder if it wasn't used to spur interest, fire more interest? My question now is what do we do with the, Hicks boson from here on out? The Hicks Field is there, and has many, Higgs bosons in it, and they express to us why we experience mass. So, is that it? I wish we could manufacture something with it, you know? My "material girl" side is showing; I want to feed the world. It is lovely to have an answer to a mathematical question that "you live for"; there is satisfaction in that, and I do find it interesting; I just wish we could lick the molasses off the spoon, because that to me would really be significant mass.

Oct. 12 2013 08:24 AM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

"Nature doesn't make use of all the ideas that come out of the human brain," is my takeaway from this exciting story.

So, "molasses in space" has been smacked around, and pounded by "Hadron The Collider" and "life" was actually created in the lab. If this is so, does this "molasses life" which imitated the "big bang" have a name, and look anything like us or must I write a sci fi story about it?

So, yes or no, was life created in the lab from nothing? I mean everything, or have I just connected to that part of my brain that doesn't connect to nature?

Oct. 08 2013 01:34 PM

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